‘I can’t believe that!’ said Alice.
‘Can’t you?’ the Queen said in a pitying tone. ‘Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.’
Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said: ‘one can’t believe impossible things.’
‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’
The quote above is from Alice in Wonderland. It really got me thinking. I think believing six impossible things before breakfast is magnificent. But I think doing six impossible things is marvelous — and better yet, being six impossible things is absolutely magical!
In classic Aimee fashion (I’m always one to come up with crazy challenges for myself), I decided to take this on. I don’t necessarily have to believe/do/be a total of six impossible things before breakfast, but I would like to challenge what is currently possible first thing in the morning. The goal is to have an invincible & curious awareness daily, preferably first thing in the morning, for six weeks straight. I’m giving it a go, to see what happens.
This Saturday I was already in the spirit of it. I had an enormous amount of work to do. I sat at my work station unexcited about starting the day with drudging work. My secret preference was to move my body in the fresh air instead. It seemed impossible to put in a lengthy exercise session and accomplish all that needed to be done. Well… I decided to push boundaries and head outside with my trusty companion Penny (my dog) for our longest walk yet. We walked from one edge of town, to the next. (We’ll I did, she only walked part of the way. She’s old, and has tiny legs. So I let her do a quarter of what I do.) The walk was so interesting. I saw things I had never seen before, I waved to people that I thought seemed like wildflowers. Everyone seemed so happy! Maybe it was just me, acting as a mirror, and others were reflecting my enthusiasm? Whatever it was, it felt great!
Along our walk, there was a shop I wanted to enter. On the front of the shop door there was a sign in bold letters “NO PETS ALLOWED, NO EXCEPTIONS”. Since it was a morning of believing/doing/being the impossible, I decided to walk right in, as if we were welcome. I began to shop around, as if there wasn’t a dog in my hands. When I approached the counter to buy something, the store clerk looked at my dog with such delight. With eyes wide open he said, “Well hello!” And reached out to pet Penny’s head. Then he started a conversation with me, about his daughter and her dog, and about falling in love with animals that will only be alive for a few handfuls of years. After he was done, he said “You both come back anytime! We are happy to have you here.”
Now imagine how that Saturday could have turned out. I would have been slumped in front of my work station, begrudgingly working: no sunshine, no fresh air, no exercise, no pushing boundaries, no friendly hellos, no new discoveries. Instead, I challenged what seemed impossible — and the world opened up. Maybe it was just me that opened up? The world was reflecting my openness? Whatever it was, it worked! By believing/doing/being the impossible, everything felt new, exciting… and achievable.
Now imagine taking your life, as it is, for six weeks, and making sure each morning has its magic. Imagine doing what seems impossible as you start each day. How do you think it would make you feel? What difference would it make for you and those around you?
Please note: you don’t have to come up with things that seem impossible. Your random thoughts, other people, and life itself will do that for you! Each day impossibilities will present themselves, and it will be up to you to challenge them. But have fun as you do it. Turn it into a wild adventure. Play a game with yourself. Bring a childlike spirit into the challenge.
If you want to give it a go with me, let me know. I’m always looking for accountability buddies. You can leave a comment below, or contact me via email through the contact page.